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Religious press awards for The Southern Cross


The Southern Cross has been recognised with three major awards at the Australasian Religious Press Association Awards which were announced via Zoom on Saturday, September 4.

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The official publication of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide received two gold awards and one silver award for coverage of topical issues, namely the COVID pandemic, unjust treatment of refugees and the abortion debate that took place in the SA Parliament in 2020/21.

The story Family’s plea for prayers won gold in the best news story category. The judges described it as a “very personal COVID story about one family’s willingness to draw on the extensive Catholic network to pray for their husband and father stricken by the virus on the Ruby Princess”.

“The front page story was factual, personal, current, newsworthy and full of hope, using strong quotes without resorting to sentimentality,” the judges said.

The newspaper also won gold in the best social justice article category for its reporting on the plight of asylum seekers living on temporary protection visas (When hope turns to despair (

In the best editorial/opinion piece category, The Southern Cross won silver for the editorial The abortion debate we need to have (

Jesuit online publication Eureka Street was named Publication of the Year in recognition of its ‘authenticity of voice, and fidelity to the Gospel”.

The Gutenberg Citation was awarded to Zadok Perspectives and Papers, the flagship publication of Ethos: EA Centre for Christianity and Society.


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